The climb from Sutrio to Monte Zoncolan rises at around 8.5% for more than 14 km. That’s plenty steep enough as an average gradient, but that stat doesn’t really do justice to the last few kilometres of the climb. This 3 km stretch at 13%, with one brutal ramp of roughly 27%, made stage 14’s visit to Monte Zoncolan the toughest finish of this year’s Giro.
On the brutal, snow-lined ascent, the breakaway again had its way. The stage winner: 25-year-old Italian Lorenzo Fortunato, claiming both the first victory of his professional career, and the first WorldTour victory for Alberto Contador’s Eolo-Kometa squad.
Photos from stage 14 are now in, courtesy of Kristof Ramon and Jered and Ashley Gruber, and as you’ll see below, it was a tough old day for the riders.